dodge dart 2013 41 mpg
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T with a base price of $16,000. While the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to release official figures on the eagerly anticipated, Fiat-based sedan with “Alfa Romeo DNA,” Chrysler says the stylish subcompact will boast some impressive figures in terms of overall fuel economy.
When it’s released, the 2013 Dart – equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with manual transmission — will net an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. What’s more, consumers looking for an even bigger boost in fuel economy will be able to purchase an optional Aero package that will push that return in fuel economy up to 41 mpg on the highway.
For comparative purposes, the Chevrolet Cruze offers up a similar 42 mpg highway when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, while the hybrid Toyota Prius bests both cars with a cool 48 highway mpg. Neither look as fun to drive as the Dart.
Chrysler has yet to confirm pricing of the Aero package, or what kind of figure we can expect to see with city driving and combined fuel economy, but seeing how the trim won’t be available until the third quarter of the year, they still have time to iron out the details.
Needless to say, things are looking extremely good for Chrysler and the 2013 Dodge Dart. Along with providing some exciting industry firsts, the automotive buzz surrounding the sedan continues to grow, and with a huge emphasis placed on performance, style, and fuel economy, Dodge may have just nailed the bullseye with the Dart
The Dart Aero goes on sale in the third quarter. Chrysler won't release pricing until closer to the on-sale date.
The rest of the Dart family should begin reaching U.S. dealers shortly, with prices starting at $16,790, including shipping. The top-of-the-line 2013 Dodge Dart R/T, which will be available in the third quarter of 2012, starts at $23,290. The R/T model is the sportiest of the bunch — until the rumored Dart SRT4 arrives, most likely in 2013.
The base Dart SE is equipped with a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. The Dart R/T is fitted with a 184-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed manual. Six-speed automatic and dual-clutch gearboxes also will be available.
The Dart Aero will get the Fiat-based 160-hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder with a six-speed manual. The standard Dart 1.4 combo with six-speed is rated by the EPA at 27/city and 39/highway.
Inside Line says: This should put the new Dodge compact right in the thick of the mileage wars, squaring off against the Chevrolet Cruze and the Ford Focus, among others.
Without the Aero package, the manual-transmission, turbocharged four-cylinder Dart gets an EPA-estimated 27/39 mpg city/highway, while the base 2.0-liter engine is rated at 25/36 mpg with a manual. As of this writing, gas mileage estimates for the available 2.4-liter four-cylinder and automatic-transmission models haven't been released.
The Dart Aero joins a segment populated with specialty high-mileage cars. Chevrolet and Ford offer versions of their compact cars designed to eke out better highway mileage with the Cruze Eco (42 mpg) and Focus SFE (40 mpg), respectively. Hyundai, meanwhile, takes a different approach: All versions of the Elantra are rated at 40 mpg on the highway.